On 16th April 2019, the fourth Building Children’s Nursing conference opened in Cape Town, welcoming 111 colleagues from 12 countries. Together we affirmed our commitment to truly engaging with evidence-based research to shape our practice, and to standing together as a community of excellent, African children’s nurses – clinicians, educators, students and researchers. One year on, I am delighted to share with you the Regul8 framework which is designed to comprehensively describe the major influences on regulatory function and provides an intentionally Afrocentric guide to children’s nursing care planning. I hope it will be a helpful resource in improving the nursing care of children in Africa.
In June 2019, four Master of Nursing in Child Nursing students travelled to Namibia on an outreach programme to the paediatric and neonatal service at Rundu State Hospital. The group, Akua Dwomoh Boateng, Ireen Muleya, Winnie Njuguna and Jabulani Kgasapane, brought knowledge and skills acquired in thier clinical master’s programme as well as their combined experience from four African countries. The nursing team in Namibia was led by Beatrix Callard, a fellow programme graduate, who now heads the neonatal nursing service at Windhoek Central.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our evidence-based practice guidelines (EBPGs) as an UCT open access resource. Follow this link - https://bit.ly/2HiIvY3 - to see last year’s Master of Nursing (Child Nursing) graduates’ poster presentations of their EBPGs.
At the recent Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference, some of the Masters in Child Nursing students got to work interviewing some of the plenary speakers and the delegates. Click down to read more.
When asked about her recent visit to Cape Town at the invitation of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, the response of Yevonnie Chauraya is nothing but positive. Yevonnie Chauraya, university nursing lecturer from Zimbabwe, joined the UCT based team of child nurse educators for a three-week internship from January to February 2019.
New research published in the international journal of Human Resources for Health presents the findings of an initial workforce survey. Conducted by CNPDI Research Programme Director Natasha North, with co-authors Minette Coetzee and Maylene Shung-King, this is the first time a systematic count of specialist children’s nurses has been attempted for this geographical region. Full text of article can be accessed free of charge here: https://rdcu.be/bAYdR
Beatrix has learnt a lot in the past two years and feels as though she will be able to take back a new set of tools and understanding to her previous post in the Maternity Unit at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia. For Beatrix, the MNCN course at UCT has both been a challenging and rewarding experience – believing that the thorough process of the modules in the course have given her a better understanding of her role as a Paediatric Advanced Practice Nurse.
Despite the challenge of being far away from her family in the past two years, Evelyne believes that she will be taking back all the valuable lessons that she has learnt over this time. When she returns to Kenya, Evelyne will head up the Neonatal Unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. However, she is still keen on being involved with clinical nurse education and helping shape the way in which nurses operate in this healthcare setting.
Thobeka believes that the MNCN course has broadened her career horizons as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Thobeka has always been passionate about neonates, but through her experiences of this course, she has a newfound interest in the field of paediatrics and plans on exploring this when returning to her setting of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of the programme she developed an evidence based practice protocol for the use of high-flow oxygen as a supportive intervention at local district hospital level.
Virginia believes that having effective competency in communication, research, leadership, and education is key to leading practice change as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Through the MNCN course, Virginia is certain that she is well-equipped to take on any new role and to develop strategies to teach and train others. She also plans on using research and evidence to help improve the policy and clinical practice on the ground in her healthcare setting.
For the third consecutive year, Candice Bonaconsa and her husband – in connection with Common Ground Church – led a team of seven volunteers with varied healthcare and educational backgrounds to Madagascar for a short-term outreach programme.
This year, the focus was on three areas, namely a therapeutic program, manufacturing devices for children with disabilities, and a two-day CPD workshop for Nurse Anaesthetists:
Natasha North represented CNPDI at the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) Conference in London last month. She presented an abstract entitled “Building the children’s nursing workforce for Africa, in Africa: sustaining and growing capacity through education, research and system strengthening”.